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Nero's Golden Palace: with Colosseum and Ancient City

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Roma, Italy
Nero's Golden Palace: with Colosseum and Ancient City

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Explore Rome’s ancient sites on a half-day, small-group tour of Domus Aurea, or Nero’s ‘Golden House,’ the Colosseum, and the Roman Forum. Step into buried history with archeologist guides and use 3D glasses to see Nero’s palace as it once was, then hear stories about Rome's golden age as you walk through the heart of the ancient Roman Republic and Empire. This small-group tour includes all entrance fees and skip-the-line access.
  • Visit Domus Aurea with archeologist guides
  • Small-group tour of the Colosseum and Roman Forum
  • Skip the line
  • Entrance fees included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The inclusion of the ancient Domus Aurea sets apart this Colosseum and Forum tour from others.
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Skip-the-line admission
Oculus Rift VR Headsets
Full-tour from an expert guide
Private guide in the Colosseum and Roman Forum section (Group Tour of max 24 in the Domus Aurea)
Headsets for groups of 6 or more
Food and drinks
Hotel pick-up and return

Departure Point

Largo Gaetana Agnesi, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

Get to the subway station "Colosseo" on the B line. There are two entrances (or exits). The meeting point is at the upper-level entrance, right outside, next to the M sign. From inside the metro station you can take the escalator.

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Viale del Monte Oppio, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
Make your way to a meeting point by the Colosseum for a 1:15pm departure, then head to the nearby Domus Aurea to go below ground with Italian archeologist guides. You’ll don a pair of 3D glasses to explore Nero’s palace, which he built in AD 64 with golden facades and glittering interiors that were seen as a symbol of Imperial excess. The archeologist guides will help transport you into Nero’s Rome, lost for centuries after being buried beneath Oppian Hill.

When your Domus Aurea tour concludes, head back above ground to visit the Colosseum and Roman Forum, two of ancient Rome’s most fascinating landmarks. You’ll explore the Colosseum and Roman Forum with a small group that’s limited to 12 people, so you don’t miss a word of the tour. Take in the seats overlooking the ancient arena, walk the Via Sacra that was ancient Rome’s main street, and climb Palatine Hill for views of the surrounding ruins.

This 5-hour tour of ancient Rome concludes at the entrance to the Roman Forum.
Stop At:  
Visit the world’s most iconic amphitheater: the Colosseum. See the famous stadium where 80,000 Romans would have gathered to watch the blood sports on the Arena floor. Over 400,000 people died over the Colosseum’s 400 years in use, and 1,000,000 animals.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Roman Forum
Discover the fascinating history of Ancient Rome in the evocative ruins of the Roman Forum. See where Julius Caesar was assassinated and all the amazing architecture — including Temples and Victory Arches — of the Roman Forum.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Arco di Costantino
As you walk around the exterior of the Colosseum, you'll pause for a moment at the Arch of Constantine; the Triumphal Arch of Rome's first Christian Emperor. Discover the fascinating history of the Arch and how its iconic style spawned many copy-cats.
Stop At:  
Domus Aurea
Head to Rome's underground and discover the magnificent Golden Palace of Emperor Nero; named for its lavish decorations and sheer extravagance. See the rich interior recreated on Virtual Reality headsets.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Septimius Severus Arch
See one of the best-preserved Roman Victory Arches in the world.
Pass By:  
Via Sacra
Once Ancient Rome's main street, the Via Sacra runs from the Roman Forum to the Colosseum.
Pass By:  
Tempio di Vesta
In the Temple of Vesta, the Vestal Virgins watched the sacred fire of Rome and protected it with their life.
Pass By:  
Basilica Aemilia
One of the greatest secular Basilicas of Ancient Rome.
Pass By:  
Arco di Tito
See the victory arch which inspired the design of the Arc de Triomphe.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • NB: You must have a valid photo ID to enter the Colosseum (student's ID, Driver License, Passport or State ID all work.) You will be asked to also give your name, last name and date of birth (at the beginning of the tour if not provided beforehand.) Security may prevent you from entering the site if the information provided is not accurate and/or don't match the one on your ID.
  • There will be a 30-minute long break to eat and rest
  • It will be possible to stop to use the restroom along the way, as needed
  • Dress code is smart casual. Bring a sweater to wear in the underground area as it can get cold
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Strollers are allowed, but not recommended, as stairs are steep and the ground is uneven. Children must be carried by an adult or be able to walk
  • It is recommended that you bring a hat and sunscreen: Please note that sprays of any kind are not allowed inside the Colosseum.
  • This is an intense 5-hour walking tour as the area to cover is vast. On the way there are vending machines where people can buy drinks and quick snacks to eat while walking
  • Food is allowed in the archeological area
  • For security reasons all visitors and their luggage shall be screened. All objects (including mobile phones) must be put in a bag/backpack or in the tray for X-ray screening
  • Large backpacks, camping equipment, bulky bags, luggage and trolleys are not allowed. Medium and small size backpacks must be checked, as any other bag, with metal detectors, opened and visually inspected by security
  • Please notice that the Colosseum Administration, which depends on the Ministry of Cultural Assets and Activities has the faculty to close the Colosseum, or parts of it, with or without notice, for events, strikes, heavy rain, or any other reason. In which case, we will offer an alternative itinerary as it seems fit and offer a partial refund.
  • Minimum age is 14 years
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY RomaExperience Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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  • "Our tour was yesterday and the weather was terrific, although no matter what the weather is outside, make sure you bring a jacket for the Golden House tour as it is underground and very cold." See review
  • "Oft over looked, the underground tour through Nero’s Golden Palace with the oculus rift is a must." See review
  • "This tour package is perfect for anybody wanting to see Ancient Rome highlights in one day." See review


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Bundle of History
, Jan 2020
This tour package is perfect for anybody wanting to see Ancient Rome highlights in one day. Yes it is a lot of walking and you will be wiped by the end of the day but the tour guides do a great job of allowing breaks and not overloading with too much information. Nero's Palace was very interesting!
Incredibly Informative and friendly
, Jun 2019
Eliza was an archaeologist who gave us the best insight possible. We used what she taught in other tours with less informed guides. She also was very attentive, always pointing out water refill points and giving us a chance to catch our breathes if we were moving quickly or moving us to a shady location when possible. She didn’t need any visual aids because of how educated she was, giving us amazing visual descriptions and pointing out things, in the coliseum for example, that were often overlooked. Although her specialty was Egyptology, she even included amazing anecdotes during her excavations to help illustrate much of how we were able to interpret the Roman history and findings as they were discovered. Everything from the history of different marbles and their implications to the comparison of lifestyles between rich and poor romans gave us an incredible insight that made the tour go by in a breeze. Oft over looked, the underground tour through Nero’s Golden Palace with the oculus rift is a must.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Guide28462924469, Reviews like these make us very proud of our collaboration with Elisa! Sounds like she was on top of her game 'informative, attentive and able to set the correct pace' . We really appreciate your generous rating and kind words and will make sure they get passed on to Elisa herself. Nero's underground palace absolutely gets overlooked and we completely second it is worth to combine a visit to the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with an additional visit to the Domus like in our Nero's Palace with Colosseum and Ancient Rome Tour!
Very Informative Tour
Greg W
, May 2019
Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered all questions the group asked. We were very glad we booked this tour. And after looking at the huge crowds trying to negotiate getting into the Colosseum, we were glad, and it is really a must to book all tours with skip the line access. You won’t be sorry. I would have rated this review with 5 stars but our portion of the tour for Nero’s Golden House was not completed by our guide that we had grown to love. It’s not the tour companies fault sine the Golden House is handled separately with it’s own archeological tour guides. Our tour was yesterday and the weather was terrific, although no matter what the weather is outside, make sure you bring a jacket for the Golden House tour as it is underground and very cold. The VR aspect of the tour made it well worth it.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Greg W, As sad as we are not to see 5 stars instead of 4 we take pride in knowing that it was for our guide could not being able to continue the tour inside of the Domus with you! As you mentioned this is a rule set by the Domus Aurea which only allows their own guides to take people around. Inside of the Domus Aurea there is a short VR experience that shows what Nero's palace used to look like and how it was rediscovered, which absolutely adds to visiting the monument. Thank you for having taken the time to share your feedback regarding our Nero's Golden Palace with Colosseum and Ancient city Tour!
Loved this experience
, Mar 2019
5 hours flew by so quickly. Loved the tour! Seeing Nero's palace was the cherry on top of a great experience. Our tour guide was fabulous!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2019
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your opinion on our Nero's Golden Palace Experience: with Colosseum and Ancient City! A visit to the Ancient city isn't complete without visiting the palace of one of Rome's most famous dictators. Great to hear you loved the tour and that our guide made your tour memorable.
Archeologist led tour
, Dec 2018
What could be better than having a tour of ancient Roman sites with an archeologist as tour guide? The amount of information was as great as the sites are overwhelming. You can't go wrong with this tour.
Incredible!!! We love this tour. I...
Lana T
, Nov 2017
Incredible!!! We love this tour. I couldn't say enough about it. Highly recommend it. It's chilly in the palace as it's underground, you need layers.
The portion of the tour that was...
Christopher W
, Sep 2017
The portion of the tour that was Nero's Place was great very interesting and informative. Unfortunately the tour guide for the Colosseum was not that great. Very, very slow paced. It started with no allowance for a bathroom break between Nero's Palace and the colosseum, she then took us to a couple of the displays inside the structure and gave us very little time in the outside area of the colosseum where we stood in one spot, not able to walk about or look at anything beyond the single spot she took us to. We mentioned that we wanted to leave the tour and she persuaded us to stay until we reached the Palatine where she would direct us to the restrooms. After reaching that area and another 15-20 minutes without regard to our discomfort we were forced to make it very clear that we could wait no longer and left the tour. I've had other tours of the colosseum and this was by far the least interesting, slowest paced of them all any tour actually.
Tour Coliseum, Forvm and Domus Aurea
, Jun 2019
Excelente tour guiada. Guias com muito conhecimento sobre os assuntos. Muito atenciosas e gentis. Excelente oportunidade de visita e aprendizado.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Excellent opportunity to visit and learn, we are proud to see our tour being summarized in that manner! Great to read you have enjoyed our tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill and Domus Aurea. We hope to cross paths again in the future, if in need of advice for future visitation please feel free to get in touch!

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